Dale W. Petersen

Dale W. Petersen

July 9, 1954 – November 12, 2023

Dale W. Petersen, age 69, of Omaha, passed away November 12, 2023. He is survived by his wife, Susan; his son, Dustin Petersen (Kylee) of Omaha; his daughter, Jennifer Petersen (Brian) of Omaha; two granddaughters, Jasmin and Charlize; and brother, Daryl Petersen of Omaha. Dale was preceded in death by his father, Wilmer “Bill” Petersen; his mother, Velma; and brother, Dan Petersen.

Dale Wesley Petersen was born on July 9, 1954, in Aurora, Nebraska, to Wilmer and Velma Petersen. Dale spent a portion of his childhood in Ashland, Nebraska, before the Petersen family settled in Millard.

Dale graduated from Millard High School in 1972, where he was a multi-sport athlete, but most notably was the quarterback of the football team. Dale led his high school football team to many victories. Several of Dale’s former teammates remained lifelong friends.

Dale attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he was a walk-on football player. Dale graduated from UNO with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.

Dale was a very talented carpenter, and he spent his entire career working in the construction industry where he was a finish carpenter and then later a construction superintendent. Dale has left his stamp all over Omaha and the surrounding communities, overseeing and working on many commercial projects throughout the span of his career. Dale took extreme pride in his work, and his talent and work ethic were shared with many friends and family members.

Dale married Susan Carrie (Hackett) Petersen on February 19, 1982, in a little white chapel in Breckenridge, Colorado. Dale and Sue settled in Millard where they raised their two children – Dustin and Jennifer. Dale was a devoted husband, a doting father, and a very proud grandfather to his two beautiful granddaughters, Jasmin and Charlize.

Dale will be remembered for his joking sense of humor, his carpentry craftsmanship, and his selfless devotion to his family and friends.

VISITATION: Saturday, November 18th from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by a  Memorial Service at 1:30pm.  Following the service, the family invites friends to a celebration of life at St. Bernard Lounge – 14457 F St, Omaha, Nebraska.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be directed to the family to purchase a memorial bench at Walnut Grove Park to honor Dale.  To view a live broadcast of the Memorial Service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.



  • Katrina Regan Posted November 12, 2023 8:13 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear about Dales passing. Words cannot express how much he meant to our family and we will cherish our memories of him forever.

  • Tim Regan Posted November 12, 2023 8:27 pm

    I had the pleasure of calling Dale a friend. He had an incredible sense of humor and he and I along with the PTW Crew had so many good times and memories on our annual golfing trips that will last forever.. We unfortunately have lost a legend and a brother. My heart goes out to Sue and family during this incredibly difficult time. We are here for you in any way you need.
    Love, Tim, Katrina & Maisy

  • Lee and Lisa Hammond Posted November 13, 2023 8:00 am

    Our love and prayers to you Sue and your family. Dale, valiantly, fought this battle with bravery and honor as he did every part of his life.
    May the peace of God surround you in this most difficult time.
    Love, Lee and lisa

  • Michael Campagna Posted November 13, 2023 8:49 am

    Prays going to Sue and family. I have had the honor to be Sue and Dales friend for 45 years. The next journey for Dale will be one of no pain or suffering in God’s heavenly kingdom. Will see you again someday friend..

  • Tim & Annette Bouvia Posted November 13, 2023 9:15 am

    We have no words to express to you our sadness at the loss of Dale. The world is a lesser place without him, but we know he is with God, and even heaven is improved by his presence there. I know you are assured of this, and yet this knowledge can’t diminish this loss and your grief.

    Tim, Annette, Chad and Megan

  • Bob and Judy Huber Posted November 14, 2023 3:18 pm

    Dale was a valued employee and Superintendent with Overland Dale was an employee and superintendent with Overland Constructors for several years. He was certainly a fine supervisor, individual and family man. Our sincere condolences to Sue and family at this difficult time..

  • Bob and Judy Huber Posted November 14, 2023 3:21 pm

    Dale was a valued employee and Superintendent with Overland Constructors for several years. He was certainly a fine supervisor, individual and family man. Our sincere condolences to Sue and family at this difficult time..

  • Larry and Jeanne Buland Posted November 15, 2023 6:21 am

    I smile every time I think of Dale. He always came into the office smiling and greeting everyone. He would remind me that we were both Millard Alumni. Dale ran several construction projects for us, and his skilled carpentry experience solved challenges for others on site. He will be missed.

  • Paul Duffield Posted November 15, 2023 8:34 pm

    I admit I was not a close friend I was a few years younger but he was old Millard which I was also and watched him play but did know him and he knew me he always was so cool to me he inspired me playing basketball at Millard and if I’m not mistaken he was first to wear white football shoes before anyone else correct me if I’m wrong? was very sad to hear god bless him

  • Dwight Brakel Posted November 16, 2023 1:29 pm

    So very sad to hear about Dale. He was always willing to lend a hand with a smile on his face.

  • Dale and Diana Tripp Posted November 18, 2023 11:30 am

    Dale will be greatly missed. We will always remember the times he welcomed us to their home. He was a man who cared for family and others. The world will be a smaller place without him. May God Bless the memories that everyone has of him. Thanks for the memories Dale. Dale and Diana (Sue’s sister).

  • Jon Kragt Posted November 18, 2023 12:02 pm

    Dale was so much fun when he golfed on our Wednesday golf league. We shared a lot of jokes and teased each other about our weak golfing skills. What a wonderful man, and it was a privilege to have been able to share some time with Dale.

  • Darra and kids Posted November 18, 2023 12:16 pm

    Such a wonderful father and grandfather you will be missed by so many Dale . Condolences to the Peterson family ❤️

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